Thanks for the comment George. I haven’t read ‘Distance’ (which I think is from Carver’s Beginners collection). As far as I know ‘Distance’ is the version that Carver wanted and ‘Everything Stuck to Him’ is the version that Gordon Lish (Carver’s editor) edited the story down to. I think maybe both parents may have separated along the way. That’s the sense I got from the story. By omitting the girlfriend from the end of the story I felt it was Lish’s way of saying the ‘boy’ (father) stayed there for the girl (daughter). Though it is possible that the mother is still there for the daughter too and all that has changed is the parent’s relationship.
Meanwhile, Mona tells the Liars and Caleb where Alex is, and they quickly figure out that Alex bought the house Toby built and must be holding Spencer there. They then rush out to find them. In the meantime, Alex is seen stalking through the hallways of the house clutching the ax. She heads to Spencer's room, only to discover that both Ezra and Spencer have escaped. She is annoyed by this and puts the ax on her shoulder before walking off to find them. Spencer and Ezra discover that what they believed was a house and lawn is actually fake, and that everything is fake.